Today is Friday, Aug. 25, the 237th day of 2006. There are 128 days left in the year....



Friday, August 25, 2006 Today is Friday, Aug. 25, the 237th day of 2006. There are 128 days left in the year. On this date in 1944, during World War II, Paris is liberated by Allied forces after four years of Nazi occupation. In 1825, Uruguay declares independence from Brazil. In 1875, Capt. Matthew Webb becomes the first person to swim across the English Channel, getting from Dover, England, to Calais, France, in 22 hours. In 1916, the National Park Service is established within the Department of the Interior. In 1921, the United States signs a peace treaty with Germany. In 1943, U.S. forces overrun New Georgia in the Solomon Islands during World War II. In 1950, President Truman orders the Army to seize control of the nation's railroads to avert a strike. In 1956, human sexuality researcher Alfred Kinsey dies in Bloomington, Ind., at age 62 August 25, 1981: Hunt Energy Co., currently headquartered in Salem, says it will employ 500 when it begins manufacturing oil country pipe and tubular products at the site of the former Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co.'s Brier Hill Open Hearth. Soaring housing costs and food prices boost the nation's annual inflation rate to 15.2 percent, the highest rate since spring 1980. The Steelers cut five players, including wide receiver Jim Ferranti of Youngstown State University. August 25, 1966: The Trumbull County Planning Commission recommends that the 384-acre County Home site in Champion be developed for industrial, educational and public use. America's best-known newlyweds, Luci Johnson Nugent, daughter of the president, and her husband, Pat Nugent, spend the night at the Holiday Inn on Market Street Extension in North Lima. The hotel manager rearranged bookings to give the couple the bridal suite. August 25, 1956: The old St. Columba Cathedral rectory, home for priests serving the church for more than 70 years, is being razed to make room for the bell tower of the new cathedral being built after fire destroyed the church. Mrs. Andrew Holliday, assistant in the science and industry division of the Youngstown Public Library, speaks to Youngstown Kiwanis Club about "What the library has to offer business." Thirty-four teenage boys from the Youngstown district end their 280-mile bicycle tour of northern Ohio. The five-day ride went north to Cleveland, west as far as Sandusky and back. It was sponsored by area Junior Chambers of Commerce. August 25, 1931: J.C. Argetsinger, counsel for the Erie Railroad, says the $200,000 offer the railroad has made for First Christian and St. Columba properties needed for grade crossing elimination may be withdrawn since neither church has responded. Neighbors in Dewey Avenue complain that Mrs. and Mrs. Fred Sause have a large black rabbit nicknamed "Sharp Tooth" that chases dogs back in their houses if they trespass on his territory.